Katherine Renee Atkins, 25, was found dead at her boyfriend’s home in Kernersville, N.C., on Monday, November 4, around 6:25 p.m. The house is in the 2700 block of Stable Hill Trail, off Pumpkin Ridge Road.
According to one of the boyfriend’s roommates, Atkins was at the home to feed the two Pit Bulls that she and her boyfriend had raised since puppies, and they apparently turned on her, deputies said.
Atkins' dead body and an adult male and female Pit Bull were later discovered by her boyfriend's roommate. Katherine Renee Atkins was lying dead in the backyard near the dogs' enclosure. Investigators said the dogs were running loose, according to Forsythe County sheriffs.
She often fed the dogs, and it's not clear why they turned on her this time, deputies said.
The neighbor's caretaker was next door just an hour before sheriffs arrived. She said she did not hear anything."We came down to take the garbage up and to get the mail, but that was about it. I didn't hear or see anything," Betty Roper told Coastal News14.
Forsythe County Animal Control officials seized both Pit Bulls and they were euthanized that night. The bodies were then sent to a state lab for a necropsy.
Animal Control officials and the Sheriff’s Department said they had no record of ever being called to the home before. Neighbors said the dogs were usually kept in the pen and never caused any trouble.
Atkins' body is undergoing an autopsy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The sheriff's office calls the incident a "terrible tragedy." They say they don't plan on filing any criminal charges.